Wheels of Progress
- Publication date
- ca. 1927
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- U.S. Bureau of Public Roads
A variety of wheeled vehicles are shown from 1897 on. Shows workers progressing from walking and bicycles to cars.
Recreated footage of great authenticity:
Opens in 1897, bicycles on street; horse and carriage with African-American driver. women ride bicycles in grove of flowering trees
workers with handlebar mustaches sit on barrels eating dinner
slums with laundry lines stretched across; housing directly off train tracks with laundry flying from fire escapes;
men in top hats off to work; rural horse and cart on dirt road; early horseless carriage driving and getting stuck in a rut; 1910 car;
1927 car; factory; street scenes; traffic; hitchhiker [longshot]; President Coolidge in a top hat [at 01:09:57:11] (with Mrs. Coolidge and another man) step into a convertible car outside the White House.
African-American family starting car with crank and driving off; early traffic jam; early street light repair from the a high platform on the back of a truck; truck barreling past horse and buggy; early fire engines; early street cleaning truck spewing water; grocery store;
World War I soldiers disembarking truck; World War II soldiers in truck convoy; early gas stations; early milk tanker trucks; early snow plows; early buses; horses and trucks travelling along the same busy city streets; early passenger buses; bus terminal; Excellent period bus interior; Double-decker New York City Bus marked 5th Avenue and 57th Street to Washington Square;
- Closed captioning
- ca. 1927
- Run time
Subject: All the latest driving rages for 1927!!
Subject: living history